Charging to his third straight victory and picking up his first stakes score, that youngster, Take Cover, took over in the five-furlong turf sprint while Ben's Cat finished third.
The race was a first step into stakes competition for Take Cover, a 4-year-old War Front runner trained by Alan Goldberg for Colt's Neck Stables. Although it took him six starts with a few gaps between races before he broke his maiden, the dark bay colt is undefeated since finally finding the winner's circle for the first time March 4 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. An April 29 allowance win at Laurel Park proved a stepping-stone to next-level success, which Take Cover achieved in the Governor's Cup under jockey Joe Bravo.
Take Cover closed from fourth after rating behind opening fractions of :22.54 and :44.66 set by Spring to the Sky and Boot Scootn Daddy. He swung out as the field turned for home and passed the leaders en route to a final time of :56 flat on firm turf. Spring to the Sky held for second, while Ben's Cat—favored at 6-5 in the seven-horse field—managed a mild rally from fifth to third.
Fourth-choice at odds of 9-2, the winner returned $11, $5.60, and $3. Spring to the Sky brought $5.80 and $2.60. Ben's Cat returned $2.10.
Take Cover was bred in Kentucky by Padua Stables out of the Farma Way mare Juliet's Way. He was a private purchase by Colt's Neck after failing to meet his reserve for $320,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in 2012 when consigned by Three Chimneys Farm.